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Posted on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 11:35 a.m.

Bemis Road reopens between Platt and Carpenter after downed power line starts brush fire

By Kyle Feldscher

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect that the road reopened around 1:30 p.m.

A downed power line started a brush fire next to Bemis Road in Pittsfield Township, causing the road to be closed temporarily Tuesday, Fire Department officials said.

Pittsfield Township Fire Chief Sean Gleason said just before 11:30 a.m. crews closed Bemis between Carpenter Road and Platt Road because of a downed primary power line. The downed line caused the grass in the area to catch fire at Bemis and Platt, Gleason said.

A Nixle alert at 1:38 p.m. said the road reopened.

There was another small fire in the brush off Bemis about a half-mile east of Platt, Gleason said.

Crews from DTE Energy were on scene and Gleason, said he expected the road to be open again by noon. Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area until then.

It's a busy day for Pittsfield Township firefighters. Earlier on Tuesday, fire crews from Pittsfield, along with other area fire departments, helped extinguish a blaze at the Spice Tree Apartments. That incident has been deemed suspicious and is under investigation.

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Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 3:52 p.m.

That area of Bemis between Carpenter Road and Platt Rd is where Women's Huron Valley Prison is so it is always busy with traffic going in and out all day long!! Funny that there was no mention of the Prison being on lockdown due to the power outage.

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Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 5:07 p.m.

last time i drove by bemis @ 94, that bridge was still out and under construction, so there shouldn't be a hole lot of traffic there anyway.

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Wed, Dec 12, 2012 : 3:57 a.m.

ok, i be nice this time. i meant to say bemis bridge at 23


Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 8:16 p.m.

Sorry that's supposed to say "where exactly does Bemis cross 94?"


Tue, Dec 11, 2012 : 8:01 p.m.

Um, excuse me, but just where exactly does cross 94? Last time I looked it's parallel to it.